Reference Letter Request
If you need a reference letter, ask several weeks in advance. Start compiling information for reference letters. When noting deadlines for colleges and scholarships, pay careful attention to when letters are actually due. Writing a reference letter that shows your individuality is not a fast process.

Reference letters can be very helpful in explaining grades that are anomalies or family situations that may have adversely impacted your grades or life. Reference letters have the potential to make a difference when committees are reviewing applications. The more information you provide will result in a recommendation letter that does not sound generic or canned and that will make your application look even better.

Do not assume that the counselor or your teachers know all the details about your roles in the school, community or about your character or history. If in doubt, please write it down in this form. We cannot include these details in your letter if you do not mention it.
First and Last Name *
Describe personal achievements
When using acronyms, put the actual name of the organization in parentheses. When referencing clubs or organizations, describe the club or organization functions. Fundraising, community service, career interests, or interpersonal dynamics, what do you do for those organizations and what does that tell about you?
Personal achievements
Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your field of study. (Connect the courses you have taken in high school to what you want to study in the future)
Describe how you determined what you wanted to do in the future.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
How would others describe you?
Describe your community service and actions to help others/volunteer opportunities.
What is the deadline for this letter?
Do you want me to share this with other teachers you want to write letters for you?
If you answered yes, who are the teachers?
More information? If you have anything to add about yourself, do it here. Are there extenuating circumstances to explain low grades?
What type of letter are you requesting? A specific college or for a scholarship? If you need specific information included in your letter, let me know here.
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